Recruitment to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is through the Diplomatic Stream of the Civil Service Fast Stream. The recruitment process follows that of the Civil Service Fast Stream. If you want to start your career in the FCO, you need to do your best throughout each stage of this recruitment process. Preparation is key, and JobTestPrep is here to help.

The recruitment process for the FCO Fast Stream follows the Fast Stream recruitment process:

For more information about the individual stages of the recruitment process, see our Civil Service recruitment page.

The key qualities for every Fast Streamer, and competencies that you will need to evidence throughout each stage of the recruitment process are:

  • Setting direction - innovative; looking for opportunities to improve what we do; how to work smarter. Use judgement, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, informed and professional advice.
  • Engaging people - lead from the front; communicate clearly; interested in continuing to learn; fairness to all, dedication to all customers.
  • Delivering results - programme and project management; address challenges responsibly and constructively.


Prepare for Success

The Foreign and Commonwealth is a popular Government Department with graduates, and the competition for places on the Fast Stream is high. The Civil Service Fast Stream is the only graduate recruitment at the FCO at present, so you only have one shot at a place. Preparation ahead of each stage will help you ensure that you are at the top of your game at all times. Good luck!